Stuart Cousins (FREC CertRP)

Head of Compass Associates (National)

Stuart's Bio

Stuart has been with the business for over 12 years and is the Head of Compass Associates & Compass Corporate Services brands, he is responsible for both of the brands strategic direction and performance. We have over 70 consultants offering a premium service to our partners and clients across the Health, Care & Education sectors.

Compass Associates is segmented into three core specialist areas:

Elderly Care (Care Homes; Homecare / Supported Living)
Specialist Services (Mental Health; Adult Social Care; Children’s Services & Education)
Healthcare (Private Acute; Primary Care; Community Care; Digital Health; Dental; Veterinary; Optical; Audiology; )

Compass Corporate Services is segmented into four core specialist areas;

– Human Resources;
– Finance & Accounting;
– Sales & Marketing;
– Property & Estates;

Stuart particularly focuses on our partnerships with all clients ensuring they receive a high value service. With a network across the Health, Social Care & Education sectors he is well placed to consult, analyse and develop recruitment & retention strategies for our partners, in addition to ensuring delivery.

The businesses are focussed exclusively on providing tailored, high-quality services for permanent and fixed-term vacancies, with teams divided geographically to ensure granular knowledge to both clients and candidates. Compass Associates provide premium recruitment solutions for the independent, privately owned and not-for-profit Health, Social Care and Specialist Education sectors, operating as part of Compass Recruitment Solutions (CRS).

Recent Assignments

  • Chief Clinical Officer

    Private Acute Hospital - PE Backed

  • Chief Operating Officer

    Private Nursery Group

  • Hospital Director

    Private Surgical Hospital

  • Managing Director

    Specialist Private Clinics

  • Medical Director

    Digital Health Start-up


The relationship that has been built with Stuart Cousins has allowed me to secure the best role. Stuart was so keen to get to know me - and my career aspirations - so that when the best challenge for me became available he was in the best place to represent me into that role. I have firsthand experience of the value of Stuarts skills as he gathers understanding of the candidates and the employer so that the right fit is achieved. The support and guidance that he gives during the process with such positive communications – sharing tips and expertise of his knowledge about the organisations that he is supporting - make the journey to a new opportunity a pleasure. An outstanding recruitment colleague. Thank you!

Clare Forsyth – Matron, Independent Healthcare